Chess - Play & Learn

4.8 (453.1K)
282.8 MB
Age rating
Current version
Last update
3 weeks ago
Version OS
15.0 or later
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User Reviews for Chess - Play & Learn

4.81 out of 5
453.1K Ratings
6 years ago, Shocktop32
I’ve been using this Chess app for about three or four years. It has a lot of additional features like tactics puzzles, videos, and preset predicaments to challenge you and help you set up future moves to create the best situation for your pieces. There is also a play-by-play review of your games which critiques your moves and tells you what you could’ve done better. A couple things that need improvement though. Often the app will fail to notify me when it’s my turn after my opponent has moved, requiring me to open the app and navigate to my active games to manually check if it is my turn. The other issue is that sometimes I will try to start a new game with a friend with the “Play A Friend” option and the app opens the “active connection countdown” when I’m not trying to play a live game. I’m sure there is a way to create a new game with a friend without creating an active challenge, but I am not sure how. If this feature exists, it just needs to be integrated in an easy to find menu. (This review is based on my use from a Samsung Galaxy S5). EDIT: I have an iPhone X now and I am able to successfully use the “Play A Friend” option to create a daily game without the app opening the “Active Connection Countdown” so the issue I stated previously may already be resolved.
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10 months ago, KURD._.JUBA
were asking for something small
Dear chess. com developers, I hope this message finds you well. I would like to kindly request the addition of the Kurdistan region and its flag to the game, representing Kurdish players who have a passion for chess. As we all know, Kurdistan is a recognized region with its own flag and diplomatic relations with several countries. I believe that adding the Kurdistan flag would be a great step towards promoting diversity and inclusivity in the app. Kurdish chess players will feel proud and appreciated to see their flag represented in the platform, and it will accurately represent the Kurdish chess community. I am confident that this request aligns with your vision of expanding the user base and attracting different player demographics. I understand that fulfilling this request may require additional time and resources, but I believe that adding the Kurdistan flag will bring value and make a positive impact on the app. Thank you in advance for considering and taking into account this request. I look forward to your response and the possibility of seeing the Kurdistan flag added to the app. Best regards, I also have a question, why is there a flag of Catalonia but not of Kurdistan? this is something small but it will push a couple steps forward.
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3 years ago, Brysons Humble Opinion
Lots of features but not able to give feedback
Hi there, been playing on the app for about a month and started to really like it so looked at the memberships and there’s 3 levels ... $30, $50, and $80 (I believe) for a year, provided you pay upfront and not month by month. I was like ok I get it... there’s lots of features so you have to pay for more of them. Well that’s all good, I get that. My main issue is with the puzzles that sometimes the “opponent” player doesn’t make the best move so you can’t actually solve the puzzle correctly unless you guess they will do the wrong thing. Solved a puzzle today and I would’ve gotten it right however the opponent made the worse move of their two moves and thereby I made the wrong move because I predicted the opponent would obviously make the best move. Please creators/admins fix this issue. It’s really not the way the puzzles should function. If you fix this I will gladly change my rating to 5 stars since that’s my main issues. Also I couldn’t find anywhere in the app to report this. But secondly to advertise their “videos” to watch to learn and improve in a notification or have it ever present on the main menu is really annoying when you can’t even watch the whole video because you don’t have the most expensive membership. I don’t like that. Just an annoying paywall situation where I already paid for the app.
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7 years ago, Good boogaloo woolly
Social upgrade & Design simplification (NEEDED)
I want to offer simple design improvements that would engage users to a whole other level. This is so far a chess app / website that allows you to just play chess but severely lacks an actual chess community to the degree in which I see its potential. We want to find professional players / engage and keep up with chess news. People don’t want to read articles that’s boring. When I go to a professional chess players page all I see is comment spam from random people and no actual comments or video updates from the chess player them self. It needs to have Facebook comment design prioritizing the users comments at the top and then the most like comments after. They should also be able to add photos that could be commented on and liked. Secondly there are SO MANY sections that are not grouped up accordingly. People love simplicity. There should be a (Play) (Learn) (Watch) (News). Instead, all the categories that should be located inside each drop box are scattered outside these categories and are extremely ugly and overwhelming. Besides that to somehow promote twitch engagement would be huge and lastly, getting borders for your advertisements would help you look like s more high quality website. I just love chess so much and this app. I want this app to be successful and the chess community to grow.
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3 years ago, Bob3791047
I have been playing on this app religiously for over a year now! I was pretty bad at first. Got my blitz rating down to the low 300’s (not that I’ve never played, just hadn’t in a while and lost a grasp for the game) and have been building my account up game by game for over a year! I was almost at a rating of 800 when one user got livid at how bad I was beating him! He completely stopped playing and made me wait for the clock to run out to secure my win all the while messaging me insisting that I am cheating and he was going to report me! I obviously didn’t take him seriously because I assumed they’d look at the game and see we were playing at the same speed and his multiple blunders were the cause of this massacre as well as how could ONE ACCUSATION cause my account to be banned? Well guess what, the next morning MY ACCOUNT WAS BANNED! All of that hard work, achievements acquired, games I’ve learned from, just taken away from me without anyone reaching out, notifying me, and at least letting me say my side. I am completely dissatisfied and will let all of my friends who I recommended to this app to delete immediately for their unjust handling of this situation! You are really banning people on spot because of one accusation??? Really????? For the customer service rep reading this, I hope you look at all of my match history, All two thousand of them, and tell me I did anything different in that match than in any other match I won or lost! Please
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3 weeks ago, aryanshahh
Good but major issues
This is the preferred chess app across platforms whether on mobile or web. However it has major issues. I’m a very good player and usually play rapids. The rating system is so weak. I play with players sometimes lower than me by as much as 500 ELOs. This is a poor representation because I want to be matched with opponents on a similar skill level. The worst is when they cheat, which brings me into my second issue. I’ve come across many people who cheat and finds moves very quickly in the nick of time. There are various other forms of cheating including literally changing the position of how the placement of pieces are oriented. Additionally, I have come across many manipulation techniques by individuals. Lately, it’s been more of a network issue only on this app. I lose ELO when people purposely are losing to me because of there being a continuous message of reconnecting. My ELO goes away, but I am more so bothered how they are compensated for it. Next, the rating system is rigged. I play 2 matches, lose 1 and win 1 against someone else with same ELO. I lose more ELO than what I started with, meaning the other person gains more ELO. Not sure how that’s fair. And of course, the lower ranking people do this a lot more finding moves that are not indicative of their skill level. App would easily be 5 stars if this was all addressed, as well as support being readily available to players!
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6 months ago, Hoppyninja667
Preferred chess platform
Loved chess my whole life but never found the appropriate outlet to get into for it (life and its trials and all) then my buddy recommended this after trying several other, less than pleasing, apps. This is probably the only platform other than streaming/consoles that I’d willingly pay this much for membership. You might think that’s laughable but take a few minutes to browse everything you can in the app. It has full game analysis for matches you won/lost to help improve. You can even review your opponent’s play style to better combat them in the future. There’s a plethora of guides, videos and teaching services that can help any newcomer. There’s daily puzzles and a few other versions like speed chess. There seem to be live matches from pros and champs around the world every few days. Instead of just playing an “npc” head over to the playable computers to play an npc that fits your style or your expertise, there’s a lot to choose from. I haven’t even scratched the surface of the capabilities of this app and that’s saying something cause they have it on their main site as well and I’m sure it’s much more in depth on a pc versus a phone. Definitely worth a try if you find it!!
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2 years ago, nova-bomb
App does not show the entire screen on iPhone.
I’ve set the display to normal and not zoomed. I still can’t set the last file or the check box to insert a move. It is useless on an iPhone and almost certainly an issue with the app not the iPhone iOS. Also some of the puzzles have more than one solution and you get knock down many points for choosing the best solution. There needs to be a way to submit correction and get those points back. I got a response from the de eloped stating it was the zoom setting on my iOS. That was the first thing I checked and it had no effect on the functioning of the app. I poured over al the online comments and tried everything I could find on the topic, including reviewing many other settings. The iPhone app does not work and I do not think it related to IOS. My hunch is it’s a problem with the app. Which is unfortunate because I can’t bring my iPad or desktop or laptop with me everywhere. I can typically bring my phone. Fortunately the puzzles are sized right. Even those have a problem on the small screen as I hit the wrong button and it skips to the next puzzle and does not allow you to return to the one you were working on.
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6 years ago, Knightsrgr8
I had started playing chess around three years ago, but stopped playing after a while because me sister wouldn’t have time for it anymore. I also didn’t know all the weird stuff or the stuff that is secluded, like castling, stalemate and the difference between check and checkmate. And so I gave up on chess. But three years later, in 7th grade we had a chess tournament in our contest math class. I was very unpleased and upset to have found out that I lost in the second round! I watched the finals match, and watched one of my good friends get bashed and checkmated in around five to six maybe seven minutes. At that moment, I wanted to be like that guy who defeated my friend so badly. So I started forcing my sister to play chess with me. But however at one point she got tired of it. So then I had to find a good chess app or website to play on. After lots of asking people what the best chess apps are, I finally got this one!!! And I must say I love it! There is however, a minor issue. I found out there is now multiplayer! The other player must have an account and you have to invite them. Anyway, other than that, it’s all cool!!!
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7 months ago, dec4
Great for chess, slacking on extras
This app is great for the chess. The paid version is nice as well with the unlimited puzzles, lessons and game analysis. However I am using an IPhone 13 mini, which is a relatively new phone. The themes are in need of updating. I have always used the cosmos one but today I was thinking of changing it up. I considered two other themes, the graffiti one that has the graffiti guy character, and the lolz one that looks like a cat with a hat on. Both are horrible and need fixing. On both of them I couldn’t see most of the graphic which is the main part of the theme. On the graffiti theme I could only see the characters right hand. Nothing else besides part of his arm, oh wow what a cool theme. For the lolz theme, I could only see the furthest right edge of the cat. Only enough to make out the color of the cat, definitely couldn't tell it was a cat. So basically it’d be cool if in the very least you would fix the themes to actually look nice with all the phones, should be as simple as resetting the size of the background image based on which phone is being used. I would love to see more updated themes as well but it’s a side feature so I don’t expect much. But atleast get the themes you do offer working properly for all phones. Come on!
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4 months ago, liliumcumspinas
Designed to support unfair play. Deleting reviews?
I’ve written a review for this app a half dozen times. I make sure it’s there after submitting. The reviews are always gone every time I come back to check it days or weeks or months later. Every single time. Allows people to switch to premoves in the middle of a game which means that when someone is losing, they can just switch to premoves and run out the clock by moving back and forth. It’s pathetic. You’ll be winning with literally three times the time remaining and you’ll run out first. Because connection to their server is so poor (on iPhone, Google phone, laptops, desktops, using wi-fi, hardline, or cellular data) you make a move, then your opponent moves and you watch their clock jump up while yours drops. Routinely places pieces in the tile adjacent to the one I click (again, on multiple devices. I’m not just fatfingering it). I often randomly lose connection in the middle of a game and lose “due to abandonment” but conveniently only the games I’m winning. Still not a single issue resolved. And now they seem to completely ignore cheating. People will make absolutely awful moves all fake until it really counts, then they suddenly take an unusual amount of time to plan out a near-perfect string of moves that leads to victory. Support used to go after people like this and adjust players’ ratings who had lost to them. Not anymore. 🤷🏼‍♀️
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2 months ago, iAryanTRIPIE
too many issues with this app
as a very advanced chess player, there are many things about this app that infuriates me. However, my main issue is that there is an enforced rating system which makes 0 sense especially since there are too many external factors that make it almost completely unreliable (such as but not limited to frequent miss-clicking, inconsistent auto-resignation time for disconnecting, and auto-resignation for petty things such as running out of an in-game membership). I have no problem if the enforced rating system is objectively implausible and inaccurate, but my main concern is how misguiding it is to a significant amount of players. It leads people to have a false sense of their skill and their limits or leads them to idolize other players solely due to some trivial number. Since this is the #1 go-to chess website/app for the majority of people, I expect a much better job and much more responsibility for the individuals who are in charge of this website/app. Overall I enjoy chess as a game, but the competition aspect of it is redundant and should remain anonymous to the players only being relevant to match people together with an assumed sense of skill similarity. This is different from OTB play where players acknowledge the competitive aspect and coincide with it, but most people play chess online to have fun, not as a competition.
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2 years ago, nobooboograde
Great app, some mistakes with the lessons
To start, if you are looking for a chess tutor, look no further. This app is extensive with the lessons, analysis and game reports. I love that feature. There is only two drawbacks which is why I gave it four stars. One, in one, maybe two lessons they moved a pawn backwards and made you attack the pawn. Pawns don’t move backwards so this lesson is unrealistic. When you want to actually learn chess you need as many realistic examples to not confuse yourself. Hopefully, the devs review and replace this portion of the lesson. Next, it may be unfair but it would be great to know at least what and when the opponent had a “missed win” in the game analysis. You can see your mistakes, best options, and best moves made, but nothing to learn from the opposing side. Since we pay extra if this feature was included it would give you a bigger picture. Overall everything else is great. A few glitches here and there. But it is highly addictive so make sure you are not multitasking because you can get caught up quick! I decided to keep the monthly subscription because there is a lot to explore at the moment. Hopefully, I. an come back with a five star review if these small issues get fixed!
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1 year ago, ffjfjsksbrkfnksnsjd
The infinite loading screen
I love this app and everything about it! But, during a game, the timer stopped ticking and everything stopped working properly. I couldn’t click out of the match and my pieces could be moved around leaving behind a red trail and taking any piece it landed on. Even my own pieces. I was left alone stuck on a broken match playing around with my pieces. I tried to reload the app and when I opened it, all I got was a never ending loading screen. I tried updating my phone: didn’t work. I tried resetting my phone: didn’t work. I tried logging in on the website: didn’t work. I tried activating my email: didn’t work. I tried updating the app: didn’t work. My friend has has this same issue over and over and the ONLY way that he can get it to work again is by DELETING the app and redownloading it. Due to parental restrictions I cannot delete apps so I can’t fix it. This needs to be fixed!!! I have a time limit on my search engine so I thought I would be able to play more if I got the app. Please fix this as soon as you can. There are lots of other people with this repetitive issue and deleting and redownloading the app shouldn’t be the only solution. I am on an Apple iOS device. It is fairly new and up to date.
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1 year ago, xxChattyxx
Toxic players. False reporting and hard to contact support
I find this less toxic than the League of Legends community (but nothing is that toxic). Player will quit while you are in a timed game and waste time from your life. They will dock you points and put you on a list if you quit before the time runs out. Support has next to zero communication and they hide the ability to contact them pretty deep in the menus. So many people will quit. I am sure it is 25-30% of players that I have played against quit. Then you are stuck. And sometimes it shows that they quit and about 30% of the times that they quit it will automatically move it to an abandoned game state and May or may not award you the points. There are glitches. Freezes. And sometimes you can get stuck in an infinite loop - you may need to close the app entirely. Oh-and people have cheated against me during a game in several ways. They have claimed to have taken care of about 10-20% of those players but I highly doubt it. Very likely the game is only patrolled by automated software. Good luck getting a real person to check out an issue. I would rate it lower but I have had some fun games with friends. If “millions” of people play this like they say then they should put some money back into the game and fix some of the issues.
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1 month ago, Riding Racer 11
Unbelievably stupid.
The app itself is okay. I’s say that the animation works fine, and the app rarely freezes. That’s about it on the compliment side. My complaints? It turned out that when I play bullet chess, I would lose 5 seconds of time and the opponent would win off a glitch. Unfair. The ads are annoying as they appear every time during a game. It’s too frequent to have to see ads appear almost every time a game is finished. Also, you are just running out of ideas. Chess space invaders? Seriously? Even mittens was better than this. Why would you put alien invaders to play in a chess game? What’s the point? You normally see yourself just playing regular bots or people. Not space invaders. Cyberbullying is also a continuous problem on your website. I heard from someone that a person named Jenny has over 3000 BANNED ACCOUNTS BECAUSE OF SPAMMING AND THREATS. I don’t know how this is even possible, or how this even works, it may not be true. However, it doesn’t take away from the fact that you can have anti-cheating systems and all this defense against that, yet you can’t develop a good idea for a chess bot, nor can you do anything against LITERAL DEATH THREATS on your own app. The only reason I am giving this 2 stars is because of the good part of the app. However, if negative stars existed, maybe they’d be shown.
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3 years ago, AShevy123
Good but a few problems
I enjoyed this for the first couple of hours I had it installed. I made an account so I could access some of the features that you aren’t given off the bat. After spending a couple of hours playing against the computers, I got to one I had trouble beating. I decided I should look at some of the lessons that were recommended to me. After finishing the first lessons, I was about to start the next but was stopped because I had to pay to do more than one per day. I understand that the app is free and normal chess lessons aren’t, but I wish you could have more lessons per day. I ran into the trouble of taking one lesson and then trying against the computer, only to fail again. So I would then wait a day to start the next lesson, only to realize I didn’t remember anything I was taught from the previous lesson, and I wasn’t improving. My suggestion is that the one per day increases to three per day. This would allow people to take multiple lessons in succession, and they could then practice what they learned from the lessons against a computer. Beside the one per day limit, I had fun and might install it again eventually.
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6 years ago, D000M
This chess app is amazing and feels like it has everything you can possibly need. The chess AI can play at an extremely high level when you want it to and Ive learned many things from the AI! Also the live matchmaking system has a wide variety of options you can choose from, my favorite being the 10 minute matches because they are quick and fun, and it matches you up with other players in mere seconds. I would recommend this app to any chess player, whether it be just starting out or a great player because the matchmaking will set you up against opponents of equal skill level and the AI can be set to any rating as well. For beginners there are videos and a bunch of resources available to help you to become a great chess player as well! One last thing I want to point out is that the developers are phenomenal, they are quick to address any problems you may have and really care about the app and want it to be the best it can be. If you have problems or concerns I would highly suggest trying to reach out to them!
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2 months ago, Msbyczy
So Sorry…
I’m sorry that this review is a little rough but OMG. In detail I will describe my problem that is practically impossible to fix. I downloaded this game so I could have bragging rights of beating my friend who happens to be an amazing chess player. I had high hopes for this game, which I should not have. I go into the game as a guest to play real quick just to see how good this game really is since it has absolutely magnificent reviews. I want to see a lesson after I look at all of the components. It tells me I have to sign up. I go ahead and do so. I enter my email, I set up a fun and easily rememberable (at least for me) password, and I finally get to the point where I have to enter a password. I have a great one, which I still don’t know whether or not it’s taken, but it says “Too many requests. Try again later.” So I wait a couple of minutes and it stays with that previous statement ( and yes I closed the app while waiting ). I then delete the app and redownload and it says the SAME. EXACT. THING. No way I was gonna wait a day to play a game. If there’s any way to fix this, please don’t try to contact me. I just want a developer’s response. If you are this far in, thanks for reading. I really do value that time you spent reading. Have a blessed 😇🙏 day.
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3 years ago, Jeffreyfalcone
Mostly good but one annoying glitch
The abandonment feature frequently forfeits games just because you access another app on your phone. This just happened to me with less than 20 seconds away from the game. It’s really frustrating when you are winning a game and you pause a movie only to come back and find the game forfeited. Fix this glitch and it would be a 5 star review. Really abandonment is a bad feature in a timed game. The rules of the game allow a player the entire time on the clock. Sure, it’s a jerk move to walk away from a game and make your opponent wait it out, but ratings shouldn’t change because of lost connections. Edit: the abandonment feature has a bug. It frequently forfeits games instantly just because I check a text or email. I’m almost always playing long time format games. I almost exclusively play 15/10. I see several other reviews with the same complaint. Fix the bug. Make the rules clearly defined. At the very least there should be a set amount of time that triggers the abandonment feature and it should be easy to look up what this time is. Currently checking a text will instantly trigger abandonment. That definitely is not the way the app should work.
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2 years ago, poker?!
Why I can no longer support this app..
I’ve been playing this app for years.. and in recent light of the decision to ban Hans Niemann for mistakes he made when he was a minor.. I am now resigning on this app and will play on Lichess or other secondary apps.. I found it Very suspicious that the timing of the ban had come on the heels of Magnus making that tweet and baseless allegation.. if your company felt the need to Ban the young man that decision should have come down the day the infractions were made.. to allow Magnus such sway over the career and destiny of such a youngster is beyond comprehension.. i know Magnus was upset over losing rating points to Hans on his 2900 quest, and doesn’t think Hans should even be allowed to play, but to allow his opinions to sway yours.. we’ll why can’t I do the same thing? I understand the kid made mistakes, but even Magnus himself has cheated in chess OTB on camera.. he has made illegal moves.. which constitutes cheating.. at least the kid is showing growth and owning his mistake, being completely transparent, and to level such accusations with no response in a smear campaign goes against the very core principles of chess.. sportsmanship and a sense of fair play.. anyways I’m sure no one in your organization cares about the opinions of a lone user.. unless it’s Magnus Carlson of course.. farewell and thank you for the games..
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1 year ago, Ik061711
Chess Reveiw
This is the best chess app I have ever found. All of the other apps say “This is the best way to learn chess and play with friends! Download now!” But they are a scam and waste of time. I mean they’re doodoostank. They all have just sent me to a monthly subscription. One tried to charge me $285 PER MONTH! I will say no names, but that app was terrible. This one teaches me for free, and if you want it, there is non-required subscription to diamond mode. This app teaches me information I can actually use in chess, and not just where and how to move a pawn. The end and beginning of one app’s beginner’s method was “Chess is not checkers” and that was it. The end of pro mode was “go to this link and learn from a teacher and I waited for the teacher for an hour. Check the app’s reveiw before downloading. This app is nothing like that though. This app is good. This app is free, and best of all, NO ADS! I love it! (Ps. I learned to smoke my cousin with this app.) This app review has no hate toward it. Only love. May the Lord God bless you and have great day! 😉
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2 years ago, Erinmbllo
Good for playing but a lot of glitches
This app is good to play as long as you don't mind the glitches and don't care about your score and ranking that show in your statistics. The app will freeze and randomly close on a frequent basis, sometimes it takes 2 or 3 tries to send a move, the chat boxes only send messages half the time and the other half, they just disappear into the atmosphere never to be seen again. Also, if you’re joining the app to improve your chess skills, progressively get better and win more games and then play higher ranked players, your rating may or may not go up so the app will only match you with lower ranked players when you select to play a random person instead of a friend. Mine dropped when i started playing back in june and hasn’t changed since, regardless of how much i play (daily), how much I’ve improved (a lot) or how many games I've won (like i said, I’ve improved) and even when I’ve won against higher ranked players, (at this point that’s everyone i play, even when I've beat them 6-0 like i did my sister). I’ll leave it at that. Best wishes and kind regards.
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3 years ago, Mreeves336
Doesn’t teach just tells
The daily puzzles and game reports desperately need a back button. I spend so much time staring at puzzles trying to remember what piece was captured and there’s no value at all in showing the previous move in literally half a second and expecting us to be able to see what piece was captured. I don’t even have enough time to focus my eyes before you make the move for the puzzles and same thing with the game recap. It needs a back button so I can look at what move was actually made. And you need to fix the alignment on the notations because I have to scroll to the right to see the check and check mate symbols. Simple fixes but it’s why I canceled my membership. Telling me what the best move is in the game report is fine but if you don’t tell me WHY it does NOTHING to actually make me better!!! I switched to Magnus trainer and dr wolf for better explanations. This app taught me how pieces move and how to castle but that’s it. I literally could not checkmate someone until I downloaded Magnus trainer lol. You also can’t replay the key moments and they move way too fast so when you show me I made the best response to a mistake for example I can never see what my opponent did first because it moves too fast and I can’t go back to previous key moments.
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6 months ago, hdjricj643
If I could change the app for a day...
The first thing I would do is make a way for mobile players to make multiple premoves at a time, this is especially important in bullet and time crunches. I don't see why this can't be added to mobile because it gives a slight edge to computer players. Second, I would make it more clear how to become friends with someone you meet in real life on the app... usually takes me about 5 minutes of fumbling around with the interface before I can figure it out. I would also make a deep-focus mode within the focus mode. If you go into the focus mode, it still shows several tabs and other things, like previous moves etc. but I think there should be another level of focus, where the entire screen is consumed by the board and the clocks. Also, before I paid for premium, it annoyed me having to switch over to lichess to get infinite puzzles. I would take infinite puzzles out from behind the paywall and just add more new features behind it. Thanks for the app, keep improving!
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2 years ago, Nethic
App is good but missing some features
This app works well (most of the time). There are some oversights in design though. There is no way to control piece speed. I play on my iPad, and the piece movement animations are a bit slow - there should be an option to adjust the speed to move faster or slower. Additionally, when using an iPad + keyboard, the keyboard does not function at all. If I want to step through a game that I played using the arrow keys on my keyboard, this is currently not possible. Another helpful feature might be to add zen mode (hide player ratings, move-list, most unnecessary clutter from the UI when playing an online game). Additionally - I just found a bug that crashes the app: if you try to scroll through the move list (using left / right arrows in the UI) while a modal window (such as you winning an online game) is overlaying the screen - the app will crash after a few moves are scrolled through. (This is on iPad Pro running iOS 13.3.1).
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6 years ago, I can't think ofa nickname
Wonderful App For Beginners
Having known not much more than the basic rules, I find this app extremely helpful in helping me understand different moves and tactics. I now win almost all of my friendly games and I also compete in some casual tournaments in my community. Most of my more advanced learning has come through this app, and it’s super handy. It gets your through the very basics quickly and brings you right in to the good stuff. That, along with some of the daily puzzles, offer a new experience every day. I do not use premium but it seems that it would be worth it. You get so many more puzzles, which is one of the best way to master your moves and analysis of the game. The videos and streams are also convenient and not too bulky and very user friendly; the chess teachers are welcoming to viewers and keep a lively environment to keep me from getting bored. I can easily spend 20-30 minutes a day or more without ever getting bored or tired of it. A fantastic app all around, free or paid.
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3 months ago, nobody080310
Dear Developer, I hope you’ll see this
I love chess, and this the official app for chess, so of course I’ll give it a five stars. BUT, whenever I played against real players, I always have the worst luck and be put on black 70 percent of the time. I don’t know if you can, but can you change the system so that you would always play black and white back and forth each different round you play. So if you were white on the previous round, then you’ll play black the next time you played and when you do play again with a different opponent, they would be white, which means that on their previous round, they were on the black side. I know there is a way to beat white when playing on the black side if you got skills, but you gotta admit that you would have at least a slight more advantage when playing on white, so this solution will solve the problem and will be fair to everyone. I really hope you consider changing it to this way.🙏
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5 years ago, orchman
Wonderful app for getting one into the game.
I have played around with Chess apps for years. This is the first one that actually gets me going and keeps me coming back. I have bought the diamond level and find it fascinating!!!! I am 61 years old and have never developed a “3 to 4 steps ahead” thinking style. This app is the real deal and is played by some really smart people. I believe it has all of the tools that I need to keep my mind sharp as I enter my senior citizen years!😁 An almost perfect app and I don’t give five stars unless I LOVE an app. (note to developers: there is a fatal bug in the puzzles/learning/puzzles missed section. When you get done with all of the “missed puzzles”, the app goes back to a starting position and then goes back to the home screen. I am using the latest version of the iOS. This has not been a big deal for me because I just start the app up again and it works perfectly but I thought for the sake of tidying up loose ends you might want to look at it. 😊)
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1 year ago, BLJKing
Good, but sometimes feels like a scam
Personally, this app is really great! My only issue is the limitations set when you don't pay. Especially for younger users that don’t make money and their parents don’t spoil them, such as myself, using the app can really only use it for such time. For example, I’m only rated 300 on rapid games, and its very hard to learn something when you only have a few lessons every week. Usually this is my go-to app whenever I am bored, and it’s a good place to relax and chill. But whenever the pop-up comes up saying, “Upgrade to diamond,” it really annoys me. If this was resolved in some way, it would be 5 stars. Edit: One request I has to do with the Pass & Play. The problem is the fact that you have to flip the board other than just playing with the board like a real chess board. If two opposing players were using this(such as myself) then it would be nice if the board was in both directions so that both players can see their pieces clearly. You know what I’m saying?
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2 years ago, Smitty44444445444489
Teaches chess at any level. The only obstacles are your focus and critical thinking.
This app is by far the most comprehensive tool for learning and playing chess. Big thanks to the entire team that designed this platform and keep it going. You have all collectively created the GOAT chess app. I would also like to offer a little bit of feedback. In the game analysis portal, the user interface is a little confusing and difficult to navigate. Particularly how the moves are listed and the computer move(or suggestion) is listed in parentheses directly in front and of your move. It was not originally very clear how to further explore the succession of moves predicted by the computer following a suggested move where the analysis identified a blunder. It would also be amazing to have the option to play the rest of the game out from that suggested move against a rated computer of your choice. Thanks again, You all are awesome
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3 years ago, i should not need a nickname
New found respect
Original review: 1 star Gotta say I wasn’t a fan. In my last game before I decided to uninstall, instead of giving me a victory it decided on a stalemate-draw (which was impossible). The opponent only had 5 pieces left: 3 pawns, 1 knight, and the king. I had him in a situation where he could not move his pawns because they were all blocked, nor could he move his king/knight without placing himself in checkmate. Either my castle, my queen, or my knight would have the victory. But instead of checkmate in my favor, it decided on a draw. Edit to review: 5 stars Gotta admit when I am wrong. I did not know that stalemate also applied to not allowing the opponent to move. I thought that if I trapped their king and placed them in a situation to where they couldn’t make a move without being in checkmate then I would be awarded the victory. I appreciate the response to my review. I’ll definitely both reinstall the app and change the review.
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4 years ago, AverageUser89
Join-to-Play Ware / Bug Ridden with No Report Options
This is basically a “join our site/email spam generator” app that has almost everything hidden behind a join/pay wall. What a joke. Why would exercises, puzzles, game modes, etc. _need_ me to join some random site and get spammed with emails from, in order to function? Hint: it does not. This is basically a mailing subscription grabber that is likely to sell your email and/or spam you. The UI also very frustrating as well seeing how this is not a native app and looks like a web wrapper for their site. The app has loads of bugs and many still exist in the app with no way to report them to the developers and they have such a convoluted UI that doesn’t offer any help for looking where to even report the bugs. The best bug I came across was it just allowing pawns to move diagonally without capturing a piece (a basic rule and requirement that should never have been a bug in the first place). This is such a low quality, cheap e-mail grabber app that put no effort into actually designing a high quality, bug free chess app but rather a dirty “register to use” model for a website-as-an-app loaded with bugs. Horrible.
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11 months ago, Dyersave
Fun but frustrating because it’s rigged
Whenever I hit 7-10 wins in a row against players with 40-60 points better than me, they force me to play black in the next 5 games against players rated 100+ points better than me. Come on guys, play fair. I know we gotta play players better than us to rank up, but it’s just stupidly unfair to do that. So every time I go on a win streak, after about 7-10 wins, they set me up against players I have no chance with. You’re screwing up the beautiful game of chess and I won’t stand for it. Your system is flawed and I desperately hope you fix it. Edit: they’ve been ignoring my review because they know they’re wrong for what they do. I made it to over 1000 AGAIN…then I “magically” started losing impossible games. You have bots on here and you know it. You’re ignorant if you think I’m losing these games because of skill. I’d be the first to admit I’m not the greatest at Chess, but explain how I can go from 1000 to 874 in a few days huh?? Explain that. Meanwhile I can compete in real life games with skilled players and sweep. Get your stupid bots off the game and quit rigging it period. Thank you
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2 years ago, jacobisop1
Are you kidding ??? What the **** are you talking about man ? You are a biggest looser i ever seen in my life ! You was doing PIPI in your pampers when i was beating players much more stronger then you! You are not proffesional, because proffesionals knew how to lose and congratulate opponents, you are like a girl crying after i beat you! Be brave, be honest to yourself and stop this trush talkings!!! Everybody know that i am very good blitz player, i can win anyone in the world in single game! And "w"esley "s"o is nobody for me, just a player who are crying every single time when loosing, ( remember what you say about Firouzja ) !!! Stop playing with my name, i deserve to have a good name during whole my chess carrier, I am Officially inviting you to OTB blitz match with the Prize fund! Both of us will invest 5000$ and winner takes it all! I suggest all other people who's intrested in this situation, just take a look at my results in 2016 and 2017 Blitz World championships, and that should be enough... No need to listen for every crying babe, Tigran Petrosyan is always play Fair ! And if someone will continue Officially talk about me like that, we will meet in Court! God bless with true! True will never die ! Liers will kicked off... fmhall | github
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4 years ago, ifixici
This App is rigged
This App is rigged beyond repair. All I’m trying to do is play a game of Chess and improve my game. However, is App is doing anything and everything in its power to prevent me from doing so. Everything from the scoring system to who you play and what you can do within the app is completely manipulated and designed to keep you from acquiring point. For example, I just lose 10 points for trying to abort a game against someone who had 100 points less than me??? And the other day I lost 12 points for trying to abort a game with someone who had 200 points than me??? This doesn’t make any sense. Because I know that if I lose against someone with 100 points less then me then I lose a lot more points. I love the idea of being able to play against people from all over the world but all the games that this app plays and all the ways it tries to keep you from improving is just absolute rubbish.
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3 years ago, Fuzzy_Blue
Chess skills and understanding already improved! 4 1/2 stars
I’ve been a VERY casual chess player thru the years, but never had a real grasp on the theories or strategies for playing. This app, in a very short time, has improved my game and my ability to think further ahead than just the next 1 or 2 moves like I did in the past. It is loaded with things to do, watch, and learn and I’m really getting into playing chess again. I’m getting decent wins against the computer that I would have lost before using this app. My only real complaint is, the after game analysis doesn’t explain WHY a different move would have been better, or WHY this move was a blunder. Some times its obvious, like I lost a queen bcuz I got too focused on a different piece. But frequently, it will suggest the best move was a sacrifice in order to move another into play. A quick example: had a knight in danger of being captured. Moved up a pawn to protect. After game analysis said the better move would have been to push up my other knight instead. But the other knight position would not protect my endangered knight nor would it threaten any other enemy piece. So as a relative chess beginner, I need more information on why this recommended move was a better choice... That small issue aside, it’s a great app. I’m enjoying enough that I subscribed and excited to increase my knowledge and understanding of chess.
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3 years ago, Fadyfeka
Need fixes and updates
Sometimes the app kicks me out telling me I can't connect but I have a really good internet connection, or sometimes when I log it times me out as well they need to fix those issues, for the updates I my self in a team can not access the team posts and matches stats us VS other teams unless if our team post something that way I get access to the team posts and I go throw some times I would like to see how our team doing in the leagues and have to wait for that post to do so, you could just add on the menu "team posts" or something that will lead us to the team forum for those 3 reasons I'm giving a single star till the update occurs and those issues fixed I will change it based on that. Edit: the app has come along with many improvements and features, it has been running very smoothly, would love them to add “the conditional moves” to the app and as well as our matches vs. “xxxx” to show the match tournament team we playing against, and access it to check the team scores.
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4 years ago, MightBeDeadByNowMightNot
Great app, would add one thing though
I’ve never really played chess and am very bad at it, but this is a good application if you are looking to learn. It has lessons (some free ones to learn how the pieces move and paid ones that I haven’t looked at as it is a little too pricey) and you are able to select how long you want the game to be. One problem I continually have is running out of time during the games. Though this is clearly my problem and not the application’s, I’ve also been in quite a few games where my opponent has also not been keeping an eye on the clock and time just expires. I suggest adding a vibration, similar to the standard vibration from moving a piece when certain time intervals are reached such as every minute. I would add this to the settings if there is worry many users would not like this change. Anyways, love the app, great job to those who created and maintain it. Take care to anyone who reads this review.
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3 years ago, ridiculous 123
A developer responded to my review
THIS IS A GOOD APP FOR CHESS .. ONES OFF THE BEST.... Thevr ponse to me was about scoring and explain how difficulty levels changed how many points you gain or lose. ....I guess he didn't read my review because I said I've done over 4000 of the puzzles so I can improve....I said I noticed that I have done the same puzzles several times and the scoring is screwed up.... When solve the puzzles I get 5 points.... When hurry and screw up I lose 12 or 15 points etc etc blah blah right... The developer didnt take the time to realize I'm not a moron and I did over 4000 puzzles before the review saying it's flawed making cancel my DIAMON DR membership... DONT waste your time if your responding to make an excuse or explain why I too "dumb " to understand the scoring ..:) ITS PRETTY SIMPLE TO UNDERSTAND....Respond to have two way communication Soo the app will get better for everyone and people will like it more. WHEN a customer TAKEs THE TIME TO REVIEW a product, is probably BECAUSE they want to say thanks or help improve it..... If you learn about issues you can fix and improve the app.... Then WILL BE MORE LOYAL AND and Happy and YOU'RE BUSINESS will NB be STRONGER FOR IT. THANK YOU 🙂
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3 months ago, haiskdbd
Good game, needs controller support.
Picture this. You’re sitting with your wife by the fireplace sipping coffee. She whispers in your ear: “How about I watch you destroy some noobs at chess?” So you pull out your phone, attach your controller, and boot up the game. You queue rapid with some loser 500 elo nerds and you’re so ready to destroy them with the wayward queen attack… but your controller isn’t supported? You move the joysticks and press the buttons and nothing happens? I can’t handle this, personally. I’m a W gamer. A chad sigma controller user. I don’t use touchscreens, those are for losers. I typed this entire message by using my joystick across the keyboard and pressing “A” on the letter I want to type. I’ve been here for 45 minutes typing. That’s how much I value controller support in this game. I’m dedicated and relentless in my request here. You need to add support for controllers to this game. Let me move my pieces with a joystick, would ya? Thank you.
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4 years ago, Tintin 2011
Overall ok
For the most part, this is OK. I do enjoy the daily puzzles, however sometimes they are just flat out wrong. I would say about one out of every 10 puzzle (recently more) is the wrong solution, and it is frustrating to lose points when you know that the recommended move is so obviously not the right move. Additionally, the hint button is absolutely useless. If I just accidentally touch it even though I didn’t mean to, I immediately lose all the points. What is the point of having a hint option if I can just as well make the wrong move and lose just as many points? Since using the hint provides partial solution, doesn’t it make sense that only partial points are lost? I would also recommend to the developers to add a confirmation prompt to the hint button to avoid these accidental frustrations. I had considered signing up for the paid version of the app, but these glitches have stopped me from doing so. These are all minor fixes to make a very good and capable app even better. I really hope the developers take this feedback seriously and consider improving their app.
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2 years ago, Tabman01
Your app instills frustration, not enthusiasm
I have come to hate this app and can hardly wait for the expiration of my membership. I have spen untold hours working your puzzles in what I hoped would be a way to improve my playing as a novice. Instead, it is clear that your algorithm is set up to break a beginner’s spirit. Rpt on, f I have a few successes, I can count on getting problems a that are several orders of magnitude beyond my capabilities. Even worse, if I can’t get the correct answer, you deduct 3 or 4 times as many points as you give for correct answers on puzzles that involve multiple moves. For example you will deduct13-15 points for a wrong answer when the correct solution involves 4 or 5 moves, none of which is apparent to a beginner. It just leads to frustration, which appears to be the goal. And why do you give no credit if I don’t get the first move right but to then get the solution, which may require my correctly figuring out 2 or 3 or more additional moves. It is well-established that people learn faster when they are rewarded for what they do right, not punished for mistakes on problems beyond their level of competence.
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7 years ago, Gordo Tech
A great alternative game site when your friends are to busy.
I enjoy playing blitz and rapid chess games with this App. I find it a wonderful source of spacial cognitive ability enhancement. The news and articles by Peter Doggers are well written and timely. You play against chess players from many different countries. The tactics training is fun and if you upgrade you receive extra features. Lessons are available and charts and statistics show your progress. I play tournament chess at the West Valley Chess Club. Our members use computers to train and analyse the games. By playing many bullet games Online games I was able to achieve the 1st place of the Chaba Mehes memorial tournament. My ability to calculate quickly helped me defeat my rivals. Developing an opening strategy with online chess is another benefit. You can pick your favorite player and watch live games. Whether you are an amateur or considering becoming a professional, this App will be a great resource.
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1 year ago, cgeo40
Mobile app has some tracking issues
When playing online I’ve noticed my pieces don’t always land where I placed them which is a big problem. I think there should be a move confirm perhaps just limited to adjacent squares as to not give a take back but someway to confirm where the piece is was where it was intended. It’s really frustrating to place a solid game but have it all blow up because of a glitch in the game another issue is player ghost accounts I am not a great player only in the low 700s so when I am playing against someone of about the same rank I don’t expect to be completely smoked in 3 minutes but it occasionally happens and I can’t imagine that player is truly that rank. I’m not being whiny about loses I can accept losing when I think the game was fairly played but a glitch or a 1000 plus player using a “new” account to work out frustrations isn’t my idea of fun. I don’t know how to stop people from doing it but for now I don’t bother with online play in this app.
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4 years ago, "Top Pedator"
Overall, an Amazing App
I want to start off by saying that I love this app. I have been using it for more than a year now and I must say that out of the apps that I have on my phone currently, this app is probably the one I have used the most, and will stay on my phone for many years to come. There are many cool features, most of which I use. There is anything from tactical puzzles to dazzle and baffle your mind and make you become a player, to daily puzzles and tournaments you can join. However, there is one thing that I would add. On the website, you can join or leave clubs as you please, but the app itself won’t let you unless it prompts you with it. I found this really annoying when I spent over half an hour trying to figure out and look up how to leave a club that I lost interest in. If you could please add this, then it would be much easier. Overall, an amazing app.
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12 months ago, Berrrryurmum
Annoying cheaters and petty people
I have made many account over the pass year and a half, I have came across many petty players who would wait 10 minutes to lose on time then give in on a checkmate. I have had a problem like this since I started playing I would like someone to input some rules where I don’t have to wait a whole week for some random due across the world to play his one move and forget about it for the next 7 days because he can’t win a pixel game. I also hate player who lose and ask for a rematch with cheats on. With more player joining chess now a-days I found people who create Alts to boost there Elo. This was the same thing a friend of my did he when from 373 Elo all the way to 1400 in less then a week. It took me more then a full year yo push all the way to 900 Elo. Also thanks to all the mods who help ban cheaters. Thanks you for reading this. -Berry
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3 years ago, NAolER
it’s okay to invest some time into it for the money asked for
the app hasn’t had any advanced fewtures for a long time. compared to the web version this Is very poor. would really appreciate showing the best moves on the board in analysis with arrows similar to the one on the web. I don’t think this feature is hard to add, it doesn’t need more that 2 days of work. plus I don’t understand the feature in the analysis where if I play different moves, the alternate games are inserted inside the same log. its impossible to read or to find where I am or was. SPECIALLY when I press on the wrong tiny font by mistake. and why would you even have the ‘pressable’ log and the forward and back buttons so close to eachother. there is always a missclick and the experience becomes very bad. being the most known chess app i’m sure you can put some effort and do something better honestly. retry button next to ‘next’ button in puzzles, very smart, and noway to go back. the puzzles goes to jupiter and i’ll never get to analyze it
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5 years ago, D4bob
Great app to improve your chess skills and enjoy playing anytime.
Overall, excellent app to hone your skills, learn new material, practice against the computer in a game or doing training drills while the best feature remains playing fellow human players worldwide any time you want to play. There are some issues with interrupted connections and I am unsure how abandoned game forfeitures work. Sometimes my opponent appears to leave a game and I have to wait for all the time to run out for the game to end and other times when a message says “”Opponent name” with lose by abandonment in X minutes”. How the program determines how many minutes to reconnect without forfeiture is unclear. Also, the ability to suspend a game by mutual agreement to resume at some point set by GMT would be a welcomed enhancement. There are far fewer session control freeze ups or games disconnected issues than a few years ago. Still, great site and app. Highly recommend.
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10 months ago, Wisco621
Good app but filled with bugs on basic games
Overall it’s a good app, but for the biggest chess app in the world, there should not be several bugs especially for small and basic things. The biggest and most frustrating bug is around offering and receiving rematches with opponents. When you receive a rematch request, it literally flashes on the screen for a split second, then disappears. If you don’t catch it in that split second time, you can’t accept the rematch. You can try offering a rematch yourself, but the opponent is either already gone or it flashes for a split second on their screen too. This happens for the paid or non-paid version, and just on any timed game, so it’s across the board. It’s extremely frustrating when you are in good games with an opponent and the app doesn’t have the function to let you keep playing. For an app so big, something so basic should not be happening and is enough to make me want to move to a competitor like LiChess instead.
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